Spring Break Playlist #MusicMonday

Monday, March 17, 2014

Arizona sunset spring break playlist

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's that time of year again, when students across the U.S. rejoice at the chance to go crazy, if they so choose. I have fond memories of spring break, specifically those from when I was still an elementary school student. I remember that my mother would stay home with me during my break, and we would throw the windows wide open and scrub the house from floor to ceiling, and the cool spring breeze would carry the cleaning product smells out of the house, and the sounds of other children playing on the sidewalks in.

Later, when I was in junior high and high school, spring breaks were usually used to catch up on sleep and work, with a day or two spent catching a movie with a friend, or doing a little spring shopping. Sometimes I'd stay up late into the night, and I was convinced I could feel a change in the air. Some years, my family and I would travel during the break, which I believe was the reason the spring break period continues to give me "cabin fever" to this day. The itch for winter to leave, permanently, and for spring and summer to descend upon us. This winter has been particularly bad for most, so cabin fever is probably at an all-time (or close to) high right now.

For me, this cabin fever sends me visions of Arizona, where I once went during a spring break, and its pink sands and deep, saturated sunsets. This year, I've been obsessed with Santa Barbara, though I've never technically been there. I missed the chance to go when we fell behind on schedule during a visit to Los Angeles one year, and I've been really itching to go over the past few years. Someday ... maybe next spring break?

These songs below, in some way or another, capture the wistfulness of the period between the end of winter and the start of spring. What songs do you like listening to as winter turns to spring? And on Spring Break? What songs remind you of Spring Break?

Photo: By Silvery, via zastavki.com 

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